You thought bringing T.O. to Philly was controversial?
The Eagles signed Michael Vick, the former Atlanta Falcons quarterback who was recently released from prison, to a two-year contract, the team confirmed tonight.
In August 2007, Vick was convicted of conspiracy and running a dogfighting operation. He was sentenced to serve 23 months in a federal prison and was indefinitely suspended from the NFL. Vick was released to home supervision. He was confined until July 20. Soon after he met with Roger Godell and NFL commissioner conditionally lifted the suspension.
Vick was rumored to be headed to several teams, including the Eagles' preseason opponent tonight, the New England Patriots. Suddenly, the game, currently under way, lost all meaning. The Eagles have pulled off the shocker of what has been an eventful preseason for the local football team.
According to espn.com, Vick arrived in Philadelphia on Tuesday to meet with the Eagles. He stayed until Wednesday evening. What the Eagles plan to do with the quarterback that was once the NFL's highest-paid player remains to be seen. Donovan McNabb is the starter. Kevin Kolb is the backup. But Kolb recently sprained the MCL in his knee, although the injury is believed to be minor.
More than likely, Vick will be used in the 'Wildcat' formation, as a decoy and as a runner.